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In his junior season, Kim English had a poor season. He averaged just 10 points a game, on 36% shooting; He wasn’t thriving in then Mizzou head coach Mike Anderson’s system, but, despite his poor season, English put his name into the hat for the 2011 NBA Draft. We often hear of college players declaring for the draft early, usually to make some cash, but in this case, English actually withdrew his name and returned to Missouri to have a stellar senior season under new head coach Frank Haith.
In his senior year, English averaged 14.5 points a game, on 52% shooting, and collected 4.5 rebounds a game. English can shoot; 46% from three, 52% from the field. He also displayed versatility by leading his team in drawn charges.
But, despite a solid senior year, his invisible 2-point performance in 37 minutes in Missouri’s shocking upset loss to Norfolk State in this year’s NCAA Tournament could affect English’s draft stock, allowing for him to drop to the Knicks.
At the Draft Combine, Kim English measured in at just under 6’6” – 6’5.75, to be exact – and weighed 192 pounds. He has a skinny, wiry frame with just 4.3% body fat. English has a good defensive stance, quick hands and feet, which allow him to get into passing lanes in order to make steals. He has average length and lateral quickness, but what he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with a high basketball IQ. English has strong leadership, often acting as a coach while on the floor. During his senior season, like Jeremy Lin, English began watching film of his games, which helped him improve tremendously. Thanks to his smooth form, I think English has an NBA-ready shot. He’s a better spot-up shooter than off the dribble shooter, but he’s pretty affective at both. English is mature, which allows for him to play multiple positions without getting out of control. For example, he played power forward at times during the season, then also ran the point at the Portsmouth Invitational tournament.
I’d say English’s NBA ceiling is a very productive bench player – a 7th or 8th man off the bench. However, I do feel, due to his versatility, if he works on his game, he could be an invaluable piece to any team. Worst-case scenario, English becomes a deadly spot-up shooter off the bench.
Judging The Fit:
If the Knicks lose Steve Novak and/or JR Smith to free agency, English would be the right guy to draft. He’s projected to go somewhere in the 40’s and could be available when the Knicks pick at 48. His size, versatility, defense and leadership qualities make him a solid addition. I can see him playing a Shawne Williams type role – playing tough defensive and knocking down some threes.
I think this is a solid pick at 48. Mike Woodson should love his IQ, defense and shooting ability. Yes, he doesn’t have a super high ceiling, but he’s a knockdown shooter. Unfortunately, you can’t ask for too much more in the middle of round 2.
Here’s some footage from an interview after his workout with the Kings: